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8 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Sri Lanka

  • Sea Spray Terrace, Galle Road 122/1, Akurala, Kahawa AH43, Sri Lanka

Wonderful Meditation and Yoga Retreat Sri Lanka

Do you want to enrich your yoga practice and at the same time discover a part of south Sri Lanka? Do you want to work on your wellbeing, have the freedom to relax or explore, and enjoy a wonderful holidays away from the big tourist crowds? This retreat is just for you! Enjoy two daily yoga sessions, evening meditation, delicious healthy vegetarian food, and lots of free time to explore the surroundings or just relax around the swimming pool or at the beach.


  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Candle light meditation sessions
  • Introduction to Thai yoga massage
  • Excursion to Galle with a visit to the fort and yoga on the beach
  • Visit to a forest monastery and meditate with Buddhist monks
  • Daily healthy vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Sri Lankan cooking class
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 8 days with instruction
  • Dutch, French, Spanish, English
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The beautiful beach front property is held by a Sri Lankan family who will make you feel right at home. The villa has four basic guestrooms, a huge living room, a lovely veranda, and an upstairs terrace with amazing views over the ocean. Each room has its own attached bathroom, and either air-conditioning or fan. You will have access to your own swimming pool and the beach is just across the road!

This retreat is open to all levels. VIP Yoga BCN doesn't impose any specific yoga style so they can adapt the classes to your individual’s needs. VIP Yoga BCN will also make time the go beyond the merely physical part of yoga and you will explore other practices such as Thai yoga massage.

Sample daily schedule

  • 07:30 Rise and shine pranayama (breathing exercises) and yoga session
  • 09:30 Breakfast followed by free time for relaxation and group or individual excursions
  • 17:00 Relax and unwind yoga session
  • 19:00 Dinner time
  • 20:30 Candle light meditation

Please note that the schedule is subject to change depending on planned excursions and retreat needs. Check-in as from 2:00 p.m. with welcome meeting at 4 p.m. and gentle yoga session to recover from your journey. Check-out at 11:00 a.m. after breakfast.

Besides daily yoga and meditation sessions, VIP Yoga BCN includes the following activities:

  • Excursion to Galle with a visit of the fort, yoga on the beach, and visit of a local spice shop and a small traditional woodcut factory
  • Visit of a forest monastery and meditation with Buddhist monk
  • Sri Lankan cooking class
  • An introduction to Thai yoga massage
  • Excursion to Galle with a visit to the fort, yoga on the beach, visit of a local spice shop, and a small traditional woodcut factory
  • Visit to a forest monastery and meditate with Buddhist monk
  • Elke Bancken

    The school of thai yoga massage (Thai Massage)

    yoga Pada School,Theliyoor, India Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)

    Yoga Vinyasa center, Rishikesh, India Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)

    Paramand yoga institute, Indore, India Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Hatha Yoga)

    Elke is passionate about yoga, food, and traveling. She has been in India several times to study yoga and deepen her practice. Her goal is to share the joy of yoga and to adapt the practice of yoga to individual needs. After having lived and taught in several countries, Elke has now spread out her mat in Barcelona. There she founded VIP Yoga BCN, offering private and personalized yoga classes. She has an advanced 500 hours teacher's degree in Hatha and Vinyasa, experience in many other styles and teachings, including yoga therapy and a Thai yoga massage certification.

The retreat will be held at the Sea Spray Villa, located in Akuralla. This small village is situated in between Ambalangoda and Hikkaduwa (famous for its beautiful reefs) and only 30 minutes away from Galle.

Nearby places

  • Galle - 30 minutes
  • Cooking class
  • Surfing nearby
  • Swimming pool
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free parking

All meals served during the retreat are vegetarian and lovingly prepared by the hostess. Breakfast will generally consist of fresh seasonal fruits, curd or milk, bread, yam, eggs, and thee. Dinner will consist mainly of home-style Sri Lankan food such as vegetables, rice, and different vegetable curries with some Western treats. There will be a cooking class so you can learn how to make a traditional Sri Lankan curry.

You can enjoy extra activities. Reservation and payment at the retreat:

  • Diving or snorkeling in Hikkaduwa
  • Surfing near Galle
  • River boat safari trough mangroves and small Islands in Madu
  • Hiking in the Kottawa rain forest
  • Mask museum and biggest sleeping Buddha
  • The moonstone mines
  • The Seenigama Devalaya shrine
  • Ayurveda treatments and massages
  • Scooter rental

VIP Yoga BCN can also help you out with airport transfers and other travel needs.

During this retreat, you can book Ayurveda treatments and massages for an additional cost. Reservation and payment are upon arrival.

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Cooking class
  • Excursion to Galle
  • Healthy and delicious vegetarian breakfast and dinner
  • Introduction to Thai yoga massage
  • Visit to the monastery
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Extra activities such as excursions and massages
  • Flights
  • Lunches
  • Other extras
  • Transportation
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). From the airport, VIP Yoga BCN can arrange a private transport to the villa for additional costs (around 50 USD and 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours travel time).

Arrival by bus

From Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), you can take a bus to Colombo town and then change to another bus that travels along the coastal road to Galle and stops in front of the villa (in between 4 and 6 USD and around 6 to 7 hours travel time in total for a great adventure). Also, if you are coming from another place in Sri Lanka, VIP Yoga BCN will be happy to help you out to and indicate you how to come with public transport.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.


  • Review by Gisella P. Sellbytel
    10 out of 10

    "I had never practiced yoga until I got the chance to try it with VIP Yoga at work. Elke, our teacher, made it so worth it as she is patient, attentive, and she makes you feel comfortable from the first class. Yoga is excellent to stretch all your muscles after a long day of work, it helps you to get away from all the problems and concerns and it eases the daily stress. I am very happy to continue my classes with Elke and VIP Yoga every week since."

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  • Review by Rodrigo S. Sellbytel
    10 out of 10

    "The best of our yoga classes with Elke and VIP Yoga is that you come to realize how we forget about the connection between our body and mind. After eight hours of desk work it’s fantastic to be able to reconnect both and at the same time to tone and stretch your body while relaxing your mind. After each class with Elke, I feel so relaxed and sleep wonderfully, I totally recommend her!"

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  • Review by Pepi H.
    10 out of 10

    "Elke is a great yoga teacher, she never judges, she understands each body responds differently (even in different days!), she is happy to share her energy, she is patient, and dedicated. I am very glad to recommend her!"

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  • Review by Stephanie M.
    10 out of 10

    "I never practice yoga until I discovered it with VIP Yoga BCN during my holidays in Barcelona. Elke gave me a class every morning before breakfast: no better way to start the day. Elke is very attentive to her students and I immediately felt comfortable. Thanks to her I took better awareness of my body, my breathing, and my movements. She convinced me to pursue this practice and I will surely take more lessons from her"

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  • Review by Michele F.
    10 out of 10

    "I am delighted to have picked up my yoga practice with Elke. She is a calm and very patient coach. Her classes are conducted in an atmosphere of serenity and silence. Elke adjusts each session to the personality of her student, reflecting its age, its mood, its flexibility, and its desires, because everyone has different expectations of yoga. For me yoga is more about relaxing my body and mind rather than pushing my physical limits. Elke has understood that perfectly offering me to go at my own pace, to relax and fully enjoy my practice."

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  • Review by Nathalie J.
    10 out of 10

    "I do yoga with my two daughters of 11 and 13 years old, and this is a wonderful time together: both dynamic, relaxing, and fun. Concentration is not always easy, sometimes we can’t’ stop laughing, but Elke knows and leads us very well, assuring we have a wonderfully balanced class."

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  • Review by Susanna L.
    10 out of 10

    "I had a lot of yoga teachers - in France , England and the United States - but never I had a teacher like Elke. The way she listens to her students and how she can adapt herself to our pace and needs. I can easily share my practice with my husband and friends. Elke knows to give a boost when needed, but she also knows how to give time for relaxation and meditation. Her bright and gentle presence makes me feel better after each class, freed from the stress of my day."

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  • Review by Claire D.
    10 out of 10

    "I started practicing yoga during my second month of pregnancy. It has helped me to regain energy and relieve my little aches, especially my back pain and swollen legs. I also learned poses to prepare for childbirth, the last class was held with my husband to show him how he could help me and support me during labor. I found the classes really amazing, Elke is very attentive and knows exactly to fit my needs. I even continued my classes after birth, practicing yoga together with my baby. It is the perfect way to get back into shape and spend some quality moments with my little girl. "

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